At Bethany Lutheran Health Services we are following all the CDC recommendations to protect our residents and community members. The following has been in effect for the last two weeks and will continue until we are directed on new procedures. Please check our Facebook page or our website for up to date information.
Due to the high covid-19 positivity rate in our county, we are currently required to test all staff for covid-19 twice per week. We received the results from our first round of testing this week and were informed that one staff member did test positive for covid-19. I want to assure you that the risk to our community members remains low, as this person has not been in the facility for 2 weeks. We do not have any positive residents at this time.
Since we have had a positive staff member test result, we are also required to complete regular covid-19 testing of our community members as well. Testing of all staff and community members will occur every 3 – 7 days until we have had 14 days with no new positive results. At that time, we will return to testing staff only, with the frequency being dependent on the county positivity rate at that time.
Please rest assured that we take every report of symptoms and every report of potential exposure very seriously and are taking every possible precaution to keep our community healthy and safe. These steps can be found in the attached document.
The cost of the testing that we are required to complete, is very high. We ask that you please take steps to help reduce the positivity rate in our county. Please understand the importance of wearing a mask when in public and social distancing. Please ensure that you are frequently washing your hands or using hand sanitizer. Covid-19 could be spread by someone that doesn’t even know that they are a carrier. We work with a very fragile population in our communities and it takes all of us remembering to do the right thing to keep them as safe as we possibly can.
Since 1975, Bethany Lutheran Home has been dedicated to helping people meet the challenges and enjoy the blessings of aging. Bethany Lutheran Home was founded and sponsored by 15 area Lutheran churches in 1975. Today we embrace all faiths.
Bethany Heights originally began as an independent living facility in 1991. In 2008, as the needs of seniors who resided at Bethany changed, the facility was converted into a licensed assisted living facility. Bethany Heights offers apartment homes as well as additional services for seniors to ensure to meet the needs of each individual.
We strive to do our best in meeting the needs as well as desires of our residents and tenants as they reside at Bethany.